Google has become a proprietary eponym in our modern internet age. Much like Xerox means copy, and Kleenex means tissue, Google has become synonymous with research. But how can we help students search in a safe, meaningful & reliable way?
The U.S. Department of Commerce provides DigitalLiteracy.gov, a gateway to materials, research, online learning tools and more to help librarians and educators access and share materials to use when training learners of all ages on topics such as information literacy, computer skills, digital literacies and more. The Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created the portal in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and others a central location to share digital literacy content and practices. Individuals are welcome to visit the site to find resources, upload their own and/or connect with others who are offering training on these topics.
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
Here are some ways that you, as an educator, can put Learni.st to good use:
Aggregating a useful feed. If there is a website or author that you think regularly puts out good stuff, you can collect and curate that material in one place (like an interactive RSS feed). Share your experience and hard-won lessons with other educators. Use a Board to keep you and your fellow teachers abreast of innovations in the field and what others are doing. Putting together multimedia resources. Want to have a single plac e where you can aggregate videos, articles, factoids, and images on a single subject? Use a Board to put it all in one place in an easily digestible format.Collect resources for future use. Sometimes you find something cool that you can’t use right now, but might need in the future. With Learni.st you can collect those nuggets in one place and use them as and when you need them (and share them with others). Use your Learni.st board to create step-by-step tutorials on how to do just about anything.
Create collections of articles, quotes, images, and videos from The New York Times. Annotate the items you’ve collected to tell a story. Share your collections with the world!
It’s like a quasi-Pinterest or Storify, but somehow cooler. It could be useful to teachers at home. Unfortunately, you can only sign-in through Facebook or Twitter (no email registration) and you can only add resources to your collections through using a bookmarklet (not just by copying and pasting). So those limitations make school use problematic. --Larry Ferlazzo
Retrieving the information you need from the Internet can be challenging. Internet Search Challenges provide practice and demonstrate techniques to improve your search results and find credible information. This blog introduces new challenges, discusses the difficulties and how they may be overcome.
The Gmail+1"hack" isn't a new trick and I can't remember when I first tried it, but it still works and it still provides a solution to a problem that a lot of teachers run into when they want their students to use a new web tool.
There are many creative ways for students to express their knowledge and understanding of a topic beyond the traditional research paper or book report. Check out these ideas to replace the "Paper." Joyce Valenza, thank you for the ideas.
Perhaps one of the most challenging conversations to have in libraries and learning communities as we move towards 2013 is the arrival of RDA. Yes, here is a new acronym that needs to be embedded in our thinking. 2013 will be a year of living dangerously when RDA arrives. Don’t know about RDA yet? Then it’s time to get excited, and up-to-date!
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.